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Hendersonville, NC – August 3, 2017

Joseph C. Knight, Executive Director

Joseph Knight comes to Hands On! through a Board of Directors search process conducted by a special committee. Heather Boeke, the Founder of Hands On!, has refocused her passions to serve Hands On! as their new Creative Director.

Knight previously served as Deputy Museum Director of KidSenses, an interactive hands-on children’s museum located in Rutherfordton, NC. Knight is a museum professional with 13 years of experience. He has managed the operations of both children’s museums and science museums.

“Through innovative hands-on exhibit and program experiences, children’s museums have the power to change lives and transform communities,” said Knight. “When learners experience hands-on STEAM experiences for the very first time – it becomes a life-changing experience. Inspiration oftentimes leads to discovery, and when children discover their self-potential in STEAM, they become empowered to change the world as adults. Play is truly the work of childhood, and in my heart I truly believe in the mission of children’s museums.”

Knight has a history of developing deep relationships with school districts, libraries, and foundations with a keen focus on children and the community. “Our search committee was diligent in selecting the next Executive Director of Hands On!. There is a lot of talent out there and we’re excited to welcome Joseph into our organization and community. His passion for the mission of Hands On! is evident. We are excited to see where Joseph will lead Hands On! in its next 10 years,” said Anne McClintic, board president.

Knight began his new role on August 1, 2017.

Hands On! is a children’s museum with the mission to provide “hands on” educational exhibits and science programs that stimulate the imagination and motivate learning in a fun, safe environment. They accomplish this mission teaching interactive programs and classes in schools, at community events and in their facility located at 318 N. Main Street and open to the public Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00-5:00. You can visit their website at or call 697-8333 for further information.

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